Don't Stop Now!
It’s Thursday, it’s one o’clock and I’ve just had lunch. It is a gorgeous day here, with bright sunshine even though it’s a little cold.
How are you today? Have you recovered from yesterday? Did you sleep well and wake refreshed and full of energy for another working day? I hope so. As you know, this is my penultimate (second from last) blog. So let’s get the ‘business’ over, first. Here’s the list I promised you yesterday. How many of these words and expressions were new to you? Did you manage to find them all in your dictionary?
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS FROM YESTERDAY’S (24 JANUARY) BLOG
the places or lines where one thing stops and another begins
If something is ‘outlined’ it has a line around it which makes it easier to see.
a wild, dog-like animal with reddish-brown fur
the marks left by a paint-brush
it’s not every day we get the chance
This expression means ‘it doesn’t happen very often’.
I don’t mind
I have no objection to; I don’t dislike
a decorative ball, usually made of wool, on the top of a hat
rather (‘somewhat’ is a fairly formal word)
It has just occurred to me that
I have only just thought about this
I feel another limerick coming on
You can use ‘I feel another…coming on’ to mean that you are going to repeat an action.
Don’t Stop Now!
If you’ve got the time and the energy, why not make a hard copy of each blog from this month and put them all together in a booklet or file. Add a blank page between each blog and make new notes each time you re-read a blog. Make notes of new words, grammar points which you understand better, pronunciation notes (from your dictionary or from listening) and any new words or expressions you have learned since we blogged but which are related in some way to material in the blogs.
This could become a very useful reference project for you. You could even add short newspaper or magazine articles you find, and hard copies of other material from the internet. The BBC World Service Learning English website is terrific – as you know – and you will always be able to find something useful and accessible there.
The important thing now is to keep your English fresh by continuing to study it as well as use it.
I’m looking forward to getting your blog, later today.
Take care (and don’t work too hard).
With best wishes,
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